ISIS slaughters hundreds of Palmyra residents

Homs, SANA – Hundreds of residents of Palmyra city-also known as Tadmur-have been killed at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which started an assault against city days ago.

Reliable local sources inside the city, that is home to the world’s most renowned historical sites, said ISIS terrorists slaughtered and mutilated at least 400 civilians, including children, women and elderly people.

Those were killed on charges of loyalty to the Syrian government and disobedience to the ISIS, according to the sources.

They said that dozens of the victims were state employees, citing the slaughtering of the chairwoman of the Nursing Department at Tadmur National Hospital along with all of her family’s members.

Thousands of other residents are besieged inside the city as ISIS has prevented them from leaving, according to the local sources, who also noted that the residents are having their properties seized by ISIS members.

Another appalling massacre was committed by ISIS in Tadmur, located in Homs’ eastern countryside, earlier this month when its members killed at least 30 of the residents of al-Ameriyeh village.

These and other ISIS atrocities are being perpetrated amid shameful international silence, with the Security Council only expressing “concern” without taking any practical deterrent measures on the ground.

Qabas / H. Said

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